1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

6,642 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,642
Reviews: 2,040
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,141 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (114) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 6,642 | Reviews: 2,040
Photo of MaxBrews
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz poured into pint.

Appearance: Pour with a 2 finger head that takes a while to dissipate into a lacing which at first is soapy but then becomes a small ring around the glass. Color is a clear amber.

Smell: A lot of malt, aromas being bread and cereal-like. A bit of floralness from the hops.

Taste: Starts off sweet, with a big bready/cereal malt character. Following that is a bit of floralness from the hops and then a big cereal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dryer finish.

Drinkability: First time flirting the Fest, overall a great malty lager, not familiar with the style but a proper session-able malty lager.

Photo of jsisko01
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber color with an inch thick, fluffy brown/tan head that lasts for about 2 minutes.

Smell - Sweet, malty, some spices.. maybe nutmeg, and grainy.

Taste - Lots of spices.. I think coriander and clove. Quite bitter but also sweet. Very malty with caramel.

Mouthfeel - Kind of thick with mild carbonation.

Overall - Definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers..

Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with a very small head and little lacing.

S: Malty aroma with a sweetness as well. A very small hop kick as well.

T: Caramel and lightly roasted malts. Not as sweet as the nose. The hops are mild on the flavor as they were on the nose.

M/D: Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall it is a fine fall choice, not amazing, but definitely serviceable. I had this at a restaurant where it was the only "craft" choice. I feel that places like that it is always a good choice, but I probably won't go out and grab it for the house.

Photo of hopman333
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, the first O - Fest of the season and I usually do not like Sam Adam's version but I had to pick it up anyway's. Pleasantly surprised here as well.

My first bottle out of the sixer was not that cold but cool enough, the suspense was killing me and it was my first beer of the day. Upon cracking her open I did the usual one nostril to the neck of the bottle and sniffed repeatedly . Nice caramel / Tootsie Roll and clean noble hop aroma mix. Immediately noticed none of the old aromas I used to find and dislike about this brew.

The color was a beautiful Marzen deep caramel hue that fits the style perfectly. Enough said on with the flavor.

It starts out with a nice prickly carbonation that tingles the tongue in a good way and then quickly shifts to a beautiful harmony of sweet ( but not cloying at all ) caramel malts and a spicy noble hop bite that upon swallowing kind of reminds you of a Boston Lager but slightly richer in malt character then the latter. I used to REALLY DISLIKE this beers overly rich and earthy maltiness and ZERO hops to balance it out. It used to have a very dark coconutty flavor that was not really toasty but just plain Blah !!! . This years batch is balanced, refreshing and just sooo easy to drink, that how I like my O - Fests. One of my favourites is Paulaner and this is much closer in terms of mouthfeel and drinkability to some of it's German counterparts. They definitely improved and tweaked this year's batch BIG TIME. Now it's a true drinkable fest beer that used to suffer from a way to deep and dark maltiness with zero balance.

If your an O - Fest fan like myself you should for sure pick up a sixer this year. I think you will agree that the flavor and drinkability are up a few notches from years past.

Photo of Timmush
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, maybe my taste buds are shot from all of the hops I have been drinking this summer, but this beer tastes good... really goo. Maybe it was the sweetness or maybe it was the fact that I paid 12.99 for a 12 pack at the local A and P but it was tasty. A little sweet, but I think this is a decent Marzen

Photo of brurevu
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Oktoberfest poured a beautiful deep amber with a distinct malty aroma. The taste was a great malt mixture with a bit of the sweet malt and toffee flavors and a touch of that familiar Samuel Adams hop flavor. I really enjoyed this beer and it's malt profile hit all the right Oktoberfest notes for me. It's a widely available brew during the season and one that is worth picking up.

Photo of wickid4
3.67/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hermit990
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, served in a mug.

Appearance: Amber color with some red hues. Very clear looking. Thin, half-finger layer of head that left a good, persistent lacing down the side of the mug. Moderately carbonated.

Smell: There are some sweet, bready malt aromas. Subtle notes of caramel and spiciness. From what is there, it smells pleasant, but there really isn't much of an aroma to it. Light and lacking substance.

Taste: Very malty upfront, sweet maltiness mixes with caramel/toffee notes, backed by a slight toasty quality. Finishes with a bitterness, complemented with a savory, earthy spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to this one, noticeably thicker than from the bottle. Carbonation takes charge at about the middle of the tongue, giving it a creamy feel as it coats the tongue. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a solid beer. There are better Oktoberfests available, but you really can't go wrong with this one. Readily available while in season and affordable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rust-colored with a good head.

S: Malt aromas with some of that nice Octoberfest sweetness.

T: Lots of malt. Some bread/biscuit with some hops and a good deal of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but a little heavy to session. Glad to pick this one up every year.

Photo of ranger7
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Clear amber, small and steady head.

S - Malty and sweet. Brown sugar.

T - Nice and malty, something a bit bitter or sour finishes.

M - Very light and drinkable. Somewhat syrupy aftertaste, however. Nice carbonation.

Summary - Nice. Not my favorite Marzen, but drinkable.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a beautifully clear dark copper color with definite ruby highlights, especially in direct light. Nice active carbonation keeps a thin head alive, although there is little to no lacing present.

S - Mild aroma, mostly of sweet malts. Toffee, brown sugar. That sort of thing.

T - Much more subtle than I remember. I was worried about being overwhelmed by the malt character, but it actually works really well. The sweetness is present, but not overpowering. Similar flavors to the smell.

M - Nothing exciting. Medium bodied, actually a little watery.

O - I've really enjoyed this beer with food. I think this is the freshest I've had it, and it's not too shabby. Its too sweet for me to session, definitely pairs well with food from salmon to hot dogs.

Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap and into a standard pint glass. Happy hours are fun!

Looks: perfectly clear deep almond-ornage in color, with a khaki head that looks stickier than it is, since it dissipates to a heavy layer of foam within a minute, leaving minimal spots of lace.

Smells: like an apple tree, tinged with the colors of autumn. Lots of lager yeast and sourdough bread, with the light nuttiness of almonds and walnuts along with a hint of sweet red apple cider.

Tastes: far nuttier, with some peanuts added in with those almonds and walnut. Also get some lightly toasted wheat bread and dried apples before a snappy finish. All these flavors, however, are just a little light.

Feels: watery. A medium carbonation fizzes up the beer as it moves about the mouth. Light-bodied.

Drinks: easily and quickly. A little light on flavor, but a crisp finish keeps you going back for more.

Photo of jbertsch
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adam perfect pint glass, I got a decent sized head that faded quick before I even took a sip. The beer itself is medium amber in color.

Sweet malt aroma sporting fall spices. Tastes toasted and buttery with a faint sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and lively yet a little thin. Drinkability isn't bad.

Overall this is a fair offering. Occasionally it tastes like a cheap imitation, and other times it's totally enjoyable....depends on the day and the situation I'm in.

Photo of evh883
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice medium amber color to it. After the pour, it retains an average sized, frothy head that dissapates pretty quickly and leaves behind hardly an trace by the time you're done drinking the beer.

The aroma isn't really anything to go crazy about other than the nice maltiness it gives off.

This beer tastes great. It's moderately sweet, with a slight bitterness followed by a decently heavy bitterness that lastes a little while. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied with a soft and slightly creamy mouthfeel give this beer it's high drinkability

Overall, this beer is a great. It's good to enjoy with meals or to just have it with a snack or all by itself. Sam Adams does it again!

Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good oktoberfest of the darker Vienna type, a solid example quite in step with the type's standard characteristics, pleasant and drinkable, yet very pedestrian and a bit weak and characterless.

Darkish copper, it has a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, wispy top and a rich, foamy ring. It leaves a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is a pretty nice, strong vienna, toasty with leafy grain, hints of leafy herbs, and sweet caramelised sugar/grain.

The taste is mineral, toasty grain, leafy-herbal hops. It's pretty light, a bit vague and sweet before a faintly bitter, vaguely grassy-hearbal finish. It's a bit soft and has a sweet, caramelised grain aftertaste.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 2013 review:
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, proudly brewed and bottled by the Boston Beer Company. 5.3% Alc. by Vol.

Clear, bright amber coloring, under a large head, off-white .

Aroma: sweet, malty nose, earthy & herbal.

Taste: Mmm. Tasty malts, bright and pleasant. Noble hops play a minor roles, giving just enough bite to stave off sweetness. Oh, it's a sweet one, but not overly so. Medium-light body, with the malty flavor lasting long on the palate.

A right on the money marzen. What does the label tell us? "In 1810, Munich celebrated the wedding of their crown prince with a special beer. After 16 days the party ended, but the tradition continues. Our version of the classic Oktoberfest style lager blends 5 roasted malts for a rich, hearty flavor that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating."

November 2003 review:
Appearance: clear bronzish color, with a full, frothy, cream-toned head.
Aroma: somewhat sweet, earthy,vegetal, definitely maltsome, but not quite enough-so.
Taste: malty, but again, only perfunctorily, nicely rounded, rather mild. I wish to reach for the descriptor "rich", as I am wont to do with malty marzens, but this never earns it. Rather flat and dull for an Ok..ooops, sorry...Octoberfest. Some snap in the taste, but not enough. Yeah, way too thin for this style. I do believe I'll have to follow this up with a Summit Oktoberfest to assure me of how good it could get. This version just falls too short.

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a classic in my bar when it's available. I love this stuff.

Photo of wowbagger
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasant amber color with a thin but resilient head. The flavors balance nicely, a bit of hop, a bit of sweet, a bit of spice and pumpkin, with none of them standing out too much. The aftertaste is a bit drier than I'd like but it doesn't ruin the experience at all. Overall, a good solid beer.

Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New seasonal six-pack just copped from Bottle King in Livngston for $7.99...
Appearance: Pours a deep amber hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Aroma: Malt-dominated aroma replete with hints of caramel, vanilla, and butter...
Taste: Nice oktoberfest taste, malt-ridden with a slight hint of hops, caramel, vanilla, brown sugars, and honey...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Photo of CavePainter
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep bright copper - perhaps a bit reddish. Nearly no head and minimal lacing. Clean and clear.

S: Sweet Malt

T: Toasted and bready malt goodness

Mf: Medium bodied. Smooth malt taste with a crisp carbonated finish.

D: Smooth and tasty. I could definitely see kicking back a few of these. Very drinkable.

I was relatively happy with this beer. It was distinctly different than the Sam Adams Boston Lager (Vienna Lager) Now if they could stop putting it on shelves in August, it would be a solid OKtoberfest.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kind of a reddish/golden color that is very clear and has a good head.

Smell: Somewhat bland. I was a little disappointed here. There is a bit of a hop aroma, but not much.

Taste: A very nice blend of malt and hops. It has a good flavor while still being smooth. I find this to be much smoother than some other brewery's attempts.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, not a whole lot to report here.

Drinkability: Very good. I think so far this might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer. There's a lot I haven't tried, but so far, this one is my favorite.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber beer with a slightly smallish head.

S - A little malty but overall pretty mild smell.

T - Really sweet and chocolately malt taste. Not much bitterness and hop presence is minimal. Not the same malt taste as its German brothers but as sweet and more chocolate. A little on the thin side.

D - Very drinkable if you like sweet and chocolatey. I would't drink more than a couple. I had this one before the Oktoberfest celebration in St. Louis.

Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to pint glass.

Pours amber with a nice puffy cloud of off-white head. Retains pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Bready malt, slightly toasty and floral, light German-style hops, some alcohol? in the nose. Faint, gains some strength over time.

Toasty malts, light caramel, cereal grain, some grassy and floral hop notes, baked bread aftertaste. Flavors start to fall apart towards the end, somewhat of a pattern I've found in a few SA beers.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but has a nice creamy texture from all the malts. Carbonation on the low side.

I have a soft spot for Oktoberfests, the smell and taste instantly remind me of fall. This one in my opinion is solid, a bit bland, but one I will probably get every year because of availability, price and session-ness.

Photo of kkipple
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pour into a pint glass produces a beautiful rust colored beer, clear with an eggshell colored head that disappears to quickly lurk on the top. Looks like autumn colors fell into my pint. Quite pretty.

I get a lot of sweet malt in the nose, with some pilsner-style hops (whatever they may be) and a slight tartness.

Taste is dominated by lots of sweet, caramel malts. Some evident yeast and a bit of a dry corn-flavor. There’s some bittering hops in there to keep it from being TOO sweet, but they’re a balancing measure and nothing more. This is a mildly dry, malty, sweet beer. I like it a lot, but the sweetness is a bit grating – I doubt I could down more than two before I switched to something a little lighter.

I really enjoyed this offering from Sam Adams – it’s tasty, pretty, and easy to drink. A good example of the style and the price is right.

Photo of bahumutx
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice gold color. A nice size head that is dissipating slowly.


Smell: I can smell malt and a slight caramel aroma.


Taste: A very sweet beer with a slight hop flavor at the end. Not to complex of a flavor. Somewhat plain in my opinion.


Mouthfeel: There is a lot of carbonation in this beer but it still goes down smooth.


Drinkability: I think I would only have one or two of these.

This is my first Oktoberfest beer. I think it is a good offering from Sam Adams but is somewhat plain but I would drink it again.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,642 ratings.